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2 killed and 3 injured in California school shooting; suspected in custody

China Daily | Updated: 2019-11-15 02:21
A law enforcement official leads students at the scene of a shooting at Saugus high school in Santa Clarita, California, U.S., November 14, 2019 in this screenshot taken from video footage courtesy of NBCLA. NBCLA via REUTERS

Updated: A 14-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl are dead and three other students are injured after a classmate opened fire at a high school in Southern California Thursday morning, officials said.

The 16-year-old male suspect was taken into custody and is in the hospital in "grave condition" from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

Several people were injured Thursday morning during a shooting at a Southern California high school and the gunman was in custody, authorities said.

Reports on the number of people injured fluctuated. There were three confirmed patients with injuries, and it was not immediately clear if they were gunshot wounds or other types of injuries, fire spokesman Christopher Thomas said.

However, a hospital in the city of Santa Clarita tweeted that it received two patients in critical condition and three more were on the way.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said deputies responded to Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told KNX radio the suspect in a school shooting was in custody.

Television images showed deputies swarming the school and several people being moved on gurneys.

Lines of students were escorted from the school by armed deputies.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said President Donald Trump was monitoring the reports.

Saugus High School and other schools in the area were locked down.

The Associated Press

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